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FOURTH ESTATE October 3, 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 5 George Mason University’s official student news outlet | @IVEstate


EPA sues Mason for water contamination


ESSAY: Art, aliens and Sigur Rós


Club sport of the week: Soccer

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MacKenzie Reagan

Crime Log

Letter from the Editor


Sosan Malik Managing Editor

Sept. 24

2016-030568 / Liquor Law Violations / Drunkenness Subject (GMU) was arrested and transported to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for being highly intoxicated in public and referred to Office of Student Conduct (OSC) for possessing alcohol while under age 21. Three other subjects (GMU) were referred to OSC for the same offense. Presidents Park| Cleared by Arrest /Referred to OSC |

Jennifer Shaskan

Hello, all—

Online Editor For this issue, I traveled to the National Gallery of Art for the reopening of its East Building. While there, I felt way out of my league, as I met several professional art critics who’ve been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. But it’s the mark of a good journalist—and person in general—to help the rookie. They gave me advice both for covering art and for life in general. It’s easy to brush off the new kid as stupid and unworthy of your time, but it costs nothing to be kind and to share what wisdom you may have.

Natalia Kolenko

Upperclassmen, remember this as you go about your last years of college. Be kind to the lanyard-wearing freshmen. Underclassmen, remember this as you return home to your friends who are still in high school. You have insight, but wisdom doesn’t exempt you from kindness. I’d be nowhere without the upperclassmen who took me under their wings.

Peter Eccleston

If a Pulitzer finalist can take time to tell me how to get better at writing, you can take time to tell a freshman (lovingly) how not to look like, y’know, a freshman.

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Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything)

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EPA sues Mason for water contamination EPA and Mason agree on $20,000 settlement over oil spill NINA MOTAZEDI | STAFF WRITER

Mason has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for the discharge of diesel fuel oil and additional Environmental Protection Agency violations. On Jan. 17, 2015, Mason’s aboveground Central Heating and Cooling Plant in Fairfax discharged 4,100 gallons of fuel oil, 3,500 gallons of which “entered a storm drain and emptied into an unnamed tributary of Rabbit Branch,” the EPA’s Roy Seneca said via email. Upon discovery, Mason reported the incident to the National Response Center at 7:39 p.m. the same day, Seneca said. The aim of this Mason storage facility is to heat water, “which is then circulated throughout the campus to heat buildings,” Michael Sandler, Mason’s director of Strategic Communication, wrote via email.

recover the spilled oil and remove contaminated soil. A notice went out to the entire campus that day alerting them to the spill,” Sandler said. “The university then worked with federal and state authorities over the next 12 months to conduct monitoring to ensure there were no lingering impacts on human health or the environment, and to improve existing control measures to prevent overflows from happening in the future.” The EPA believes that Mason was diligent in its immediate response to the spill, Seneca said. “[Mason] initiated an emergency response in accordance with its integrated contingency plan. Upon completion of response efforts, George Mason instituted several changes to prevent recurrence,” Seneca said.

Seneca added that the changes implemented by Mason consisted of the development of new procedures that Seneca added that Mason found the require additional personnel for valve discharge was the result of human error. opening operations and a formalized training program for tank operations in “There is a monetary cost to all of this. If you don’t prevent addition to the installation of cameras and this [water pollution], then you compromise your fishing high-level alarms for industry, you compromise your tourism and then you basically fuel tanks. Although bring down the water quality and it affects the aquatic life in the EPA does not the bay as well. There is a strong rational for us to keep our require these changes, waters clean… [in order to] broaden our economic base.” the agency agreed that they will help prevent -Chaitanya Ravi, Professor of future spills. Environmental Science and Policy Mason’s response to an EPA information request revealed that “the discharge was the result of a mistake during a routine fuel circulation process… tank valves were opened in an incorrect sequence resulting in an overfill and subsequent discharge from emergency vent pipes,” Seneca said. This oil discharge violates Section 311 of the Clean Water Act, which forbids the discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, according to the EPA. Upon uncovering the discharge, Mason acted swiftly to remedy the situation. “Following the discovery of the spill, the university acted immediately to

According to the EPA, Mason’s timely response prevented the oil from reaching the Potomac River, thus leaving the Potomac River unharmed. However, the incident “caused a sheen upon the surface of the unnamed tributary of Rabbit Branch,” according to the legal settlement. As a result of this spill, the EPA conducted a follow-up visit to Mason’s storage facility June 2, 2015. The EPA found Mason in violation of several Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure regulations, though none of these caused or had an impact on the oil spill in January, Seneca said. Most of the regulations violated were in relation to an insufficient written

plan for the facility and insufficient procedures for record keeping. Once notified of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure violations determined from the inspection, Mason “quickly corrected the issues and returned to compliance,” Seneca said. Mason settled to pay a penalty of $20,964 for both the oil spill and regulatory violations. The amount will be added to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which provides funding for responses to oil spills.

at least they are a dwindling industry because of the sheer pollution,” Ravi said. Water pollution not only impacts the organisms that inhabit the area, but also the health of humans living nearby. According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, polluted water impacts our drinking water, our food and our way of life.

“There is a monetary cost to all of this. If you don’t prevent this [water pollution], then you compromise your fishing industry, you compromise your tourism and then you basically bring down the water quality and it affects the aquatic life in the bay as well. There is a strong rational for us to keep our waters clean… [in order to] broaden our economic base,” Ravi said.

Map of Oil Spill

“The fund is an active federal fund critical to ensure swift federal response to oil spills,” Seneca said. According to Seneca, Congress enacted the fund shortly after the major Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 in an effort to ensure available funds to respond to future oil spills. In 1990, the Oil Pollution Act Congress passed authorized the U.S. Coast Guard to direct funding from the Oil Liability Trust Fund to federal responders from the U.S. Coast Guard to remedy spills on shorelines and the EPA to remedy spills inland. Although Mason has never been fined under Section 311 of the Clean Water Act prior to the January 2015 spill, Mason has had previous encounters with the EPA. In December 2000, Mason self-disclosed a formal Clean Water Act/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems discharge without a permit. In March 2014, Mason was cited for “Formal Clean Water Act/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Permit Violations” and was charged a penalty of $12,000, the EPA’s Joan Schafer said. Chaitanya Ravi, a professor in the Environmental Science and Policy dep-artment, noted the current situation in the Chesapeake Bay as a cautionary tale for the importance of keeping our waters clean. “Take the Chesapeake Bay fisheries, that’s a good example of an industry that has been decimated. There was once a thriving fishing industry in the bay area, but today, we don’t have anything resembling that, or


Mason’s aboveground Central Heating and Cooling Plant in Fairfax discharged 4,100 gallons of fuel oil, 3,500 gallons of which entered a storm drain and emptied into an unnamed tributary of Rabbit Branch.


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Pakistan to Mason Mason hosts faculty from Pakistan for collaboration and research FAREEHA REHMAN | STAFF WRITER

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Mason has collaborated with the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan to have 40 faculty fellows from UMT attend academic seminars on campus. Funded by a U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships grant, the Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research initiative aims to “expand academic capacity and infuse cross-cultural knowledge and international mindedness into educational practice,” according to the initiative’s website. Led by Mason professors Rebecca Fox and Anastasia Samaras, the initiative began in Spring 2016 bringing 20 of the 40 fellows as a part of Wave 1, or the first group of fellows. The faculty fellows attended Masondeveloped seminars for two weeks, such as Teaching with Technology, Working with Adults with Special Needs and Developing Your Teaching. Wave 2, the second group of fellows, were on campus from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2, attending the same seminars and bringing what they learned back to UMT.

Along with attending the seminars, the fellows will be able to partner with Mason Faculty to work on joint research. Fellow Usman Zia, who works with students with special needs, was excited to collaborate with a Mason faculty member to research the situation of students with disabilities in higher education in Pakistan and compare it to a U.S. context. “I have seen so many students with disabilities walking around the university and in the Johnson Center having lunch and chatting with us, and I love that. This is what I want to create in my university and in my classrooms,” Zia said. The initiative has also allowed the fellows to observe Mason professors while they teach their own classes. Sadia Asif, who teaches English as a second language at UMT, said the new teaching skills she has learned so far are the most important lesson she will take back with her. “The practical things I have observed in the classrooms, I’m going to apply those in my classes,” Asif said. For example, “how we can develop rubrics and make it more fair, just and objective for our students.”

This is important, because Asif ’s students are not all on the same level of English fluency, which can make it difficult to evenly assess the students, she said. “I hope to see better engagements and better interactions from my students by applying these techniques,” Asif said. Mason faculty will also have the chance to visit Lahore in Spring 2017 for a UMT Research Conference where all participants will share their research and results from this initiative. “I think this is a wonderful program to bring the harmony of two universities as well as between two nations,” Ijaz Yusuf, a fellow from UMT in the School of Business and Economics, said. “I think this sort of tradition must be started not only with my university but many universities and in other countries as well.” Talha Zubair, who teaches research methodologies at UMT, noted that he sensed a difference in the Wave 1 participants after they arrived back in Pakistan. “I hope we can do the same,” Zubair said. “We can also share the knowledge and transfer our experience here to the students in Pakistan.”

Career fair comes to Mason Mason’s annual career fair runs Oct. 5–6 RIDA KAYANI | STAFF WRITER

With over 200 employers visiting Mason’s Career Fair this fall, organizations and recruiters are seeking to employ students for full time, part-time, co-op and internship positions from a number of different majors. The fair will take place over the course of two days: Wednesday, Oct. 5: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related opportunities

To better prepare for the career fair, Mason will also be offering two optional pre-events. Registration is not required: Prepare for the Fair Workshop Monday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. SUB I, Room 3400 Resume Clinic Monday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Business, Public Service and Non-Tech related opportunities

SUB I, Room 3400

Location and Time: Johnson Center in Dewberry Hall – Fairfax Campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (both days)

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ROTC alternative summer Members of Mason’s ROTC spent their summer at Air Assault School, shadowing doctors and teaching in Romania MELISSA MOORE | STAFF WRITER

concentration and commitment to safety and preparation.”

For many students, summer vacation consists of lazy days, beach trips and catching up on much needed sleep, but for several cadets of the Mason Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), or Patriot Battalion, summer looked a lot different.

For 10 and a half days, Keruski said he was constantly evaluated on his performance while being consistently challenged mentally and physically.

Several Mason cadets attended Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency programs throughout Thailand, Hungary, Romania, Panama and Madagascar, graduated from Air Assault School or Airborne School and served as Army Medical Interns. For junior government and international politics major Joshua Keruski, each day at Air Assault School in Fort Benning, Georgia, started with first formation at 5:30 a.m. “U.S. Army Air Assault School is designed to prepare soldiers for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters,” Keruski said. “Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense

Mark Youker accepts his award.

“Each day [included] high levels of physical and mental exertion at the directives of the Air Assault Sergeants,” Keruski said. Keruski was not the only one being challenged this summer. Senior psychology major Amanda Ambrogi woke up each morning, put on her Army Combat Uniform and headed to Madigan Hospital in Fort Lewis, Wash. for three weeks shadowing Army psychologists. “I saw how psychological tests are administered to determine if a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury, how sleep studies are facilitated, how group discussions work in the Army’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program and how embedded programs work,” Ambrogi said. “I really enjoyed seeing how my major applies in the Army, such as the need for psychological assessment screenings for Sniper School and Special Forces and support counseling for PTSD.”

Ambrogi added that her detailed, handson experience at Madigan expanded her knowledge in behavioral health and how to help those around her. “My internship allowed me to get a glimpse at psychology within the Army, and most importantly taught me to appreciate how every one of my future soldiers will face a different set of personal challenges that I will need to help them overcome,” Ambrogi said. While her internship met expectations, junior mechanical engineering major Mark Youker said he traveled to Romania for 30 days with none. “I had no idea what to expect for my program,” Youker said of his Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency experience. “Every trip is very different depending on the country… I did not know much about Romania before I went on this trip.” In Romania, Youker would get up each day and teach about American culture and the Army at the Romanian Naval Academy based in Constanta. “These were not lectures as much as they were interactions, as we learned just as much exploring the differences

between us,” Youker said. “My experience in Romania was enjoyable, exciting and eye-opening.” Youker said he learned the importance of understanding different cultures and was surprised by how much insight he gained through different perspectives. “This experience showed me that it is important to understand the local cultures and norms as they play a role in every decision,” Youker said. “If one cannot relate to or understand the people around them, then it causes miscommunication and frustration.” In addition to Keruski’s, Ambrogi’s and Youker’s summer experiences, 29 cadets graduated the Cadet Leaders Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky, a 29-day course consisting of leadership and field-training exercises and personal development for rising seniors. This course is a prerequisite for commissioning as an Army Officer. Another 13 cadets graduated from Cadet Initial Entry Training, a fastpaced, physically and mentally grueling four-week course, also at Fort Knox, focused on developing new cadets. This course allows cadets to enroll in upperclassman ROTC courses.

Lastly, five cadets attended Cadet Troop Leader Training where they served in platoon-leader positions at active duty units for three to four weeks in Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and South Korea. “George Mason Army ROTC produces some of the nation’s best officers through advanced training and leadership duties,” 2nd Lt. Brandon Crossett said. “George Mason’s prime location near the nation’s capital additionally gives cadets access to the nation’s top training facilities, as well as various leadership development seminars. The cadets dedicated their summers to becoming leaders in the Army, and as a result, perform very well during Cadet Command’s Accessions process.” Crossett added that he believes the Patriot Battalion thoroughly prepares cadets for a future in the U.S. Army. “[The] training they receive in the George Mason Army ROTC program is unparalleled, offering them a unique opportunity for self-development,” Crossett said. “Through a fast-paced and demanding training program, the Patriot Battalion will continue to commission some of the nation’s greatest officers.”



Joshua Keruski (left) at his program.






ESSAY: Art, aliens and Sigur Rós The National Gallery of Art reopens its East Building MACKENZIE REAGAN | EDITORIN-CHIEF

terrifying. We expect them to behave one way, and then they don’t. That’s why most drawings of aliens creep you out.

I wouldn’t be the first to compare Pollock to Pavement, with their shared carefully orchestrated chaos, brushstrokes (lyrics) dripping with irony. Art and music go hand in hand. It only seems logical to explain one with the other, to compare a work to a song, a collection to a genre.

One of the gallery’s new acquisitions is Barbara Kruger’s “The Future Belongs to Those Who Can See It,” a collection of her “picture practice.” Kruger took photos from magazines and pasted slogans across them. A Rockwellian picture of a girl admiring a boy’s muscles becomes “We don’t need another hero.” A woman getting some sort of eye exam is “Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything.”

The National Gallery of Art recently reopened its East Building, which houses modern art. The press was allowed a sneak peek on Sept. 27. (It opened to the public on Sept. 30.) The museum added 12,250 square feet for exhibitions, including two tower galleries and a rooftop terrace. I’ll get to the art—and the music—in a moment. But first, aliens. Have you heard of the Uncanny Valley effect? Don’t Google it. It explains why clowns are scary, aside from all the bad press of late. Essentially, when something looks close enough to maybe be a human but is just clown/robot/etc. enough to be different, it freaks us out. Have you seen those realistic-looking robots? Again, don’t Google it. They’re

Perhaps that’s why Kruger’s work is so unsettling; it takes the familiar, twists it just enough so we still recognize it, and gives it back to us with a robot head screwed on. A better, less nightmare-inducing (I promise, I really liked the exhibit!) metaphor might be grunge rock, with its scathingly sardonic commentary on politics, Americana and cultural mores. The lyrics to Hole’s “Doll Parts” read something like a Kruger piece: “I fake it so real I am beyond fake.” Smirking self-awareness springs eternal. It was relevant when Kruger worked at Condé Nast in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, it was relevant when “Live Through This”

came out in 1994 and it feels searingly relevant in 2016. The gallery also recently added an exhibit called “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971,” made up of highlights from famed gallerist Virginia Dwan’s personal collection. Dwan’s gallery in Los Angeles, opened in 1959, gave many artists their first shows in the city. She was fond of abstract expressionism and nouveau réalisme. Her second gallery, opened in New York in 1966, championed minimalism and conceptual art. It’s difficult to distill such a varied and experimental collection down to a few pieces that exemplify a cohesive theme. There are sculptures, sketches, photos, paintings. The theme doesn’t lie in the objects themselves, but in their juxtaposition. The exhibit is a celebration of the bold, the different, the new. It’s a rejection of all the old rules, a rebellion against the old norms. Abstract impressionism is the artistic counterpart to early-20th century experimental music like that of John Cage. Cage played a “prepared piano,” one with assorted objects inside in order to produce different, unnatural sounds. He played around with the accepted

LEFT: Photography of the new Roof Terrace of the National Gallery of Art East Building. Several sculptures are on view, including Hahn/ Cock(2013) by German artist Katharina Fritsch. RIGHT: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We don’t need another hero), (1987).

musical norms and composed music that lacked a cohesive theme. His “4’33”” is four minutes and 33 seconds of silence. To the untrained ear, it’s the opposite of music. But the beauty comes from the environmental sounds that become clear. It’s an intricate symphony, if you give it a moment and listen close enough. Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker gifted the museum with 34 large-scale photographs. The photographers each play with the medium, bending it to their will. There’s an old quote from photographer Richard Avedon: “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” Exhibit A: Thomas Demand’s “Clearing,” which looks like a serene picture of the dawn breaking in a clearing. It’s not a clearing. Or, at least, not a real one. Demand made 270,000—that’s four zeroes— individually die-cut paper leaves and attached them to a 50x18x32 metal frame to simulate a forest scene. (He destroyed it after he took the picture. I know.) Another photo is a self-portrait by Thomas Ruff. There are two Ruffs in the

picture—one looking off camera, arms crossed, holding glasses. The other Ruff, set behind him, stares straight into the camera, almost menacingly. It’s a feat of photo play from the pre-Photoshop era. But which Ruff is the real Ruff ? Other photographs depict scenes with symmetry that’s a little too perfect to be real. Every piece plays with the bounds of reality. It calls to mind the work of ambient art-rockers like Reykjavík’s Sigur Rós. The trio’s experimental soundscapes and ethereal vocals sound like sweet dream-pop nothings. But upon closer listening, the words don’t mean anything at all, in English or Icelandic. They’re singing in Vonlenska, or Hopelandic. It’s a language too pretty to be real. The works housed in the East Building are as varied as the artists who made them. There are high, sharp sopranos. There are dark, low basses. The diverse pieces come together in harmony to form a rich symphony. If you like pop music, try Roy Lichtenstein. If you like art-rock, try Picasso. If you like indie rock, try Cindy Sherman. There’s something for everyone at the renovated gallery, if you just listen.





LEFT-RIGHT: Modern art installation in one of the Upper Level galleries; one of the many sculptures on display in the Dwan Gallery; Thomas Ruff, Portrait (T. Ruff) (1991)








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“Butterfly Gardens” and “Broken Angels” Reviews by Taylor Wichtendahl TAYLOR WICHTENDAHL | STAFF WRITER

“The Butterfly Garden” by Dot Hutchison “The Butterfly Garden” is the latest thriller on the scene. Reminiscent of “Gone Girl” or “The Girl on the Train,” this novel has also been optioned for a film by the entertainment company Anonymous Content.This little company was responsible for producing two great successes -- “The Revenant” and “Spotlight.” The book begins with an FBI investigation into a recently-discovered serial killer. This serial killer, known for most of the novel as “The Gardener,” kidnaps women and tattoos large, elaborate butterflies on their backs. He dresses them in all black and keeps them on the property near his mansion in the country. The Gardener then creates an extensive greenhouse that contains a smaller greenhouse with bedrooms for each of his victims. He keeps multiple “butterflies” at a time, kidnapping them at around the age of 16 until he murders them when they turn 25. Once his sons reach a certain age, he allows them to enter the garden and have their way with his captives just as he does. He has a detailed security system that prevents

the captives from being discovered by the groundskeeping staff or other unwanted guests, thus confining the captives to this macabre greenhouse. However, FBI Agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are the lead agents intent on cracking this case. They have one key witness that they spend nearly the entire novel interviewing: Maya. Maya was one of the butterflies, and she narrates the story along with Agent Hanoverian. They take the reader through the investigation and the timeline of Maya’s life before her abduction and during her time in the garden. Maya’s revelations, provided in pieces, perplex the detectives and make them wonder if, perhaps, she’s hiding more than she lets on. Released in April, this novel has taken audiences by storm, with four and half star ratings on Amazon and The novel is enticing, with more exciting offerings of suspense, thrills and mystery for all eager readers at each turn of the page. “Broken Angels” by Gemma Liviero The latest historical fiction novel, “Broken Angels” by Gemma Liviero, was also released in April and shortly afterwards reached four stars on Set during the World

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War II, this novel explores the growing relationship between a Nazi doctor and the woman he will stop at nothing to protect. The story centers around three main characters, Elsi, Wilhelm and Matilda. A young Jewish woman, Elsi is living in the Lodz Ghetto when the misfortunes of her family forces her to join the rebellion. Wilhelm is a Nazi Doctor who begins his Nazi career in Auschwitz and later travels to the same ghetto where Elsi is imprisoned. They meet each other just as Wilhelm is beginning to question his allegiance to the Nazi regime. Finally, Matilda is a young blonde-haired blue-eyed girl who began her life in Romania but was taken by the Nazis to Germany. She is placed in a home where she is to be transformed into the model Aryan child. However, this child is strong willed with a brave spirit and does not break as easily as the Germans would like. When the three meet, their small acts of rebellion collide into a large, bold action against the Nazis, creating an amazing story filled with passionate love, inspiring acts of bravery and twists and turns you won’t see coming. This novel received 4.5 stars on and Amazon. If you read this book and are begging for more, check out Liviero’s other historical fiction bestseller, “Pastel Orphans.”

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Dorm 101 Six ways to enhance your dorm room EMILY VERBIEST | STAFF WRITER

Hello all! Are you sick of your boring dorm room? Want to spruce up the place a bit? Then take a look at our top six ways to enhance your dorm room in order to make your space truly unique to you.

ADD plant life

Incorporating plant life into your living space is an effective way to boost your spirits and create a calming environment. A study published by the health journal BMC Public Health explained how just looking at the color green can positively affect one’s health and perceived sense of safety. Therefore, it may be beneficial for you to pick up a few lush green potted plants to place in your dorm room. Several low maintenance options include succulents, cacti, Chinese evergreens and philodendrons.

INVEST IN an espresso machine LAY leisureOUT books

Just imagine the decadent aroma of freshly-brewed coffee consuming your dorm room as you study. Having an espresso machine immediately gives you access to a pick-me-up for a quick study break. Although purchasing them can be a bit pricey, it’s a worthy investment. For those coffee addicts who constantly run to Starbucks for their fix, it will prove to be a lucrative decision if you acquire an espresso machine. Instead of paying $2 to $6 for a latte, coffee capsules equate to about $0.70 per cup.

As a college student, you may feel constantly buried by books, books and more books. However, if you can afford the time, take a break from your academic reading and indulge in some books for leisure. Rather than scrolling through your phone or laptop before bed, read a few chapters of a book for your enjoyment. By diving into a foreign story you often return to your normal state of mind with an invigorated perspective. Some noteworthy books worth a read include “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara and “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.

HANG mir�ors ADD accent decor TRY something unique

If you detest the feeling of confined areas and cramped rooms, add a couple of large mirrors to your living space. Not only do mirrors create the illusion of a vast and open area, but they instantly make dorm rooms more aesthetically pleasing. If you want to brighten your room, adding mirrors will enhance your surroundings as light bounces off the surface of the mirror, providing light to the rest of your room. Be sure to position the mirror(s) in a way that is both space-efficient and logically coordinated with your current room layout in order to maximize the desired effect.

Dull and uninspiring bedroom decor can create a dry and draining atmosphere. It is crucial to arrange a living space that you actually enjoy living in. A simple way to revitalize your room is to add a few accent pieces such a statement rug, a bold tapestry, a bright throw or a bevy of plush pillows to add some atmosphere to your room. You’d be amazed by how just a few simple steps can completely alter a room’s feeling.

Add something that is unique to your personality and preferences. Your room should reflect your thoughts and interests and should be a manifestation of your passions. Love music? Set up an authentic record player with a vinyl library or pin up vintage band posters. If you are an artist, display your own paintings, drawings and photographs. Whatever it is you love, make that your environment and it will ceaselessly continue to inspire you.







Erin Mitchell, Kirsten Glad named Atlantic 10 Players of the Week Mitchell named Offensive Player of the Week, Glad Co-Defensive Player of the Week MICHAEL ABLER | STAFF WRITER

89th minute and winning it in the 109th.

Women’s soccer forward Erin Mitchell and goalie Kirsten Glad netted Atlantic 10 honors Sept. 19, when they were named Atlantic 10 Players of the Week.

Mitchell kicked the tying goal and sent the game into overtime, which helped her claim her first Offensive Player of the Week award. She also provided an assist to the game-winning score.

Mitchell won the Offensive Player of the Week, while Glad scored Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The awards were announced three days after the Patriots won a thriller of a game against the University of North Carolina Wilmington 2-1 in double overtime. The game was a battle of wills as the Patriots found themselves losing by one midway through the second quarter, before tying the match in the

Mitchell said her performance felt like “a high. …I felt like nothing could stop me.” Glad’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week honor was her first, too. It is the result of the six saves she made throughout the game, one of which was in overtime. Both Mitchell and Glad said, “We were so motivated that we didn’t feel tired, we just kept on pushing throughout the

game and we managed to win. …If this had been a game against a bad team and we had struggled, then we would have felt drained and very frustrated from having to play them.” The win was gratifying for the team as a whole because they lost to UNCW the previous season 0-1. That game was the first of the Patriot Invitational, a small tournament hosted by George Mason. Mitchell and Glad were both active during that game. “[W]e [saw] this as a revenge game that we’re proud to have won,” the two said. Even though the game was tight all throughout, Mitchell and Glad felt that

“we were moving the ball very well offensively down the field, so we were totally in control of our own destiny that night.” Glad, to illustrate the strength of the team, pointed out that they are “ranked 48th in the country’s top 50 College Women’s Soccer teams.” The team so far has compiled a record of 7 wins and only 3 losses. Their win over UNCW continued a win streak that had begun with a 5-2 victory over the University of Maryland on Sept. 11. Kirsten Glad’s performance during the game was self-classified as another day on the field, as far as she is concerned.

“During the first two games I had 19 saves combined, so I have made a lot of saves before,” she said. Through the first nine games of the season, Glad has recorded a total of 35 saves, which makes her average around four saves per game. “I did feel a lot of pressure throughout the game though,” she said. Mitchell, meanwhile, has made five shots, two goals, and two assists. The Patriots began A-10 conference play during a home game against St. Bonaventure University Sept. 29. Despite rainy weather, they won 1-0 and improved to 7-3 on the season.

Club sport of the week: Soccer DAVE SCHRACK | STAFF WRITER

The field was overrun with mosquitoes and gnats, even as day turned to dusk turned to night. Cleats and shoes drifting through the natural grass gradually collected loose blades and trimmings with the glue of accumulating dew. And that natural grass was all there was to see—lines identifying the parameters of the field both in bounds and out were either fading or nonexistent. One could hardly tell exactly where the penalty box formed outside of the net. To the men’s and women’s club soccer teams, the intramural fields outside the West Campus parking lot are home, not only because both teams practice there multiple times a week, but because they host games there as well. It is important, though, to note that those practices and games are determined

not by George Mason but by the clubs themselves. This is because both teams are, for the most part, run independently, despite being a sanctioned and official club sport. “We’re kind of our own managers, we set up everything,” Nick Clements, president of the men’s team, said. “We have to set our own games, [and] make our own budgets.” The clubs do receive funding from the school, but it’s just enough to thrive and function. “We have funding from the club sports, but we also have to make funding for our team as well,” Clements said. Maggie Blondin, president of the women’s team, said that most of both team’s budgets “comes from within ourselves.”

The women’s team has also had to rely on themselves for coaching because of funding. This season, however, they do “have a real coach,” Blondin said. “We had one my freshman year, and then last year, we kind of had one, but it kind of fell apart.”

Clements said that “a lot of players that come out usually have played travel in high school, so they have the potential to either play D3 or D2, even D1, but they’re out here just for fun.”

Blondin said that “we don’t have the funding to get a coach,” so no one would volunteer unless they are familiar with the “organization, and know what it’s about, know what it’s like.”

Regular season games take place during the fall, while postseason games take place in the spring.

Their previous coach, for example, had played for the team when she was a Mason student. The same is true for the current men’s club coach. But neither team is fazed about the level of funding. “We get what we need,” Blondin said. “I mean, if we needed more, they would give us more.”

The teams divide their regular seasons and postseasons by semester.

The men’s team has currently played six games (amassing a record of 2-2-1), while the women’s has played five (with a record of 3-2). They are scheduled for more games throughout October and November. When it comes to the postseason, games have a more easygoing approach to competition. Players and teams participate mostly for fun and experience.

“There’s no qualifying for anything, it’s all just playing for fun, and whatever you can schedule, you schedule,” Blondin said. For the men’s team, Clements said, “depending on how we do in our bracket, we go to regionals if we’re first place. And then after, if we win in regionals, we go to nationals.” Their games are usually held on the intramural fields, most often on IM Field 3 or 4. Games are sometimes also held on the RAC field. If someone is interested in joining either of the teams, they can contact the men’s team at masonclubsoccer@, and the women’s team at

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